Physical Education

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Physical Education Teacher Education prepares professionals capable of delivering diverse programs that promote self-directed, responsible, physically active lifestyles in school aged children and youth in urban settings across the state and region.


Students will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the urban child and the nature of urban contexts in relation to positive lifestyle choices through human movement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and appropriate application of pedagogical content knowledge of human movement across diverse settings and age groups through human movement.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of diverse physical education programs and curricular planning to ensure student learning in a supportive learning environment.
  • Effectively apply pedagogical skills and kinesiological principles in diverse activity settings.
  • Demonstrate the ability to write and speak effectively in multiple contexts with diverse populations.
  • Integrate technology within movement settings to enhance communication, assessment and learning.
  • Create a learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior and efficient use of time.
  • Demonstrate commitment to continuous professional growth.


Students earning a BS in the Physical Education Option will have demonstrated the following through course work and application:

  • Ability to serve as a change agent for the promotion of positive lifestyle choices for learners in urban settings.
  • An understanding of physical education content knowledge, disciplinary concepts and tools of inquiry related to the development of a physically educated and physically active person.
  • An understanding of how individuals learn and develop, and can provide opportunities that support their physical, cognitive, social and emotional development in human movement settings.
  • An understanding of how individuals differ in their approaches to learning human movement and create appropriate instruction adapted to diverse learners.
  • An understanding of individual and group motivation and behavior in order to create a learning environment that encourages positive social interacting, active engagement in physical activity, learning and self-motivation through human movement.
  • An ability to create a learning environment characterized by acceptable student behavior, efficient use of time, and disciplined acquisition of knowledge, skills and understanding in a human movement setting.
  • The effective use of verbal, nonverbal and media communication and technological techniques to foster inquiry, collaboration and engagement in physical activity.
  • Planning and implementation of a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional strategies to develop physically educated and active individuals.
  • An understanding and use of formal and informal assessment strategies to foster physical cognitive, social and emotional development of learners in physical activity.
  • A reflective practitioner who evaluates the effects of his/her actions on others in developing human movement.
  • The fostering of relationships with colleagues, parents/guardians and community agencies to encourage a lifetime of physical activity.